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New funding system for adult social care is affordable, says Dilnot

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7689 (Published 28 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7689
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The UK government can afford to bring in a new funding system for adult social care and current economic woes should not be an excuse for inaction, says a leading economist.

Andrew Dilnot, whose Commission on Funding of Care and Support reported to ministers earlier this year (BMJ 2011;343:d4261, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4261), said it was “nonsense” to suggest reform was too expensive.

How much the country spends—as individuals or collectively through the state—was a matter of choice, not affordability, he told the King’s Fund annual conference in London on 23 November.

Mr Dilnot said he …

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